Mountain Biking UK: Top Tips to Get Fit and Improve Your Cycling Experienceby Andrew Higgins We provide a range of bike products for road and M
You may be new to the mountain biking UK scene, or you may have taken a break from it recently for a variety of reasons. Whatever your personal situation, if you’re keen to take your biking to the next level, it’s time to start pushing yourself and focus on improving your riding skills.
Of course, it helps to look the part, to have the right cycling clothing, (UK style of course), and to explore your options of mountain and hybrid bikes. However, whilst equipment and clothing is undeniably important, it won’t make you into a great cyclist… only the right practice and training can do that!
Riding for the right reasons
If you mainly ride just to have a bit of fun at the weekend, then you probably don’t need to worry too much about training properly. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with purchasing hybrid bikes and cycling for the sheer love of it. However, with a bit of training, you could enjoy a greater level of physical fitness, not to mention take the misery out of those steep inclines!
Here’s some top tips to help you improve your mountain biking experience.
Fit and ready to hit the tracks… great tips to improve your biking
Think ahead. It’s important to set a tangible goal. Simply stating that you ‘want to get fit’ isn’t going to cut it. After all, that gives you nothing to physically aim for, so how will you know when you’ve achieved it? Instead, identify a realistic goal. For example, ‘in a month, I’m going to make sure I can cycle up that hill without breaking into a sweat’. Write down your goal, to ensure you don’t forget it. Then stick it somewhere noticeable.
Practice regularly. If you’re serious about improving your cycling, you’ll need to take the bike out more often than just once a week. Remember, it’s as much about quality as it is quantity. Long rides can leave you exhausted, which can put you off going out again any time soon. Shorter, more intensive rides are often more effective.
Keep it varied. Don’t just stick to the same old route; you’ll swiftly get bored of it, and before you know it, you’ll be looking for alternative things to spend your time doing. Invest in a map of your area and identify good places to explore on your bike. Ask for recommendations from friends, or online. Get exploring, and don’t get stuck in a rut.
Exercise smart. Remember that cycling can be a gruelling form of exercise, and if you overdo it, you’ll run the risk of injury or exhaustion. Warm up properly before setting off on a ride, and allow yourself rest.
Join a group. Often, it’s easier to stay motivated if you’re cycling with others. Try to find out if there’s a local cycling group in your area. If there isn’t, you could always set one up! Even just cycling with one other person can act as powerful inspiration to keep going.
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